An instant lawn landscape can increase the value of a Victorian property by at least 19%! This statistic will be put to the test this weekend when a Euroa property recently renovated by by the Selling Houses Australia team, and led by interior designer Shaynna Blaze and landscape guru Charlie Albone, goes under the hammer.
If you want to get ahead of the Selling Houses Australia curveball before their latest project goes to air next April you better take a trip to 44 Creek Rd, Euroa. This gorgeous old family home has received a massive facelift inside and out…definitely worth a look. The auction takes place this Saturday at noon.
Add up to $83,600 to the sale price of your home.
Concrete slabs, pavers and synthetic lawns are out and buffalo is back after a new survey revealed home buyers will pay up to 19 per cent more for a house with a lawn. With the rise of drought-tolerant grasses like Sir Walter DNA Certified, lawn mower sales are booming again as people plant grass everywhere they can, both in urban and regional areas.
Turf Australia general manager Matthew Holmes said: "A revival in mower sales can only mean one thing. There has been a revival in turf." People are a lot more aware of the environmental and health benefits of being outside, and turf is obviously a huge part of the great Aussie outdoor lifestyle.
A survey of 114 real estate agents found that 73 per cent of buyers want the green stuff for a safe children's play area, while a third want it to relax and beautify the property. Families in NSW were prepared to pay the most for a lawn - up to $83,600 on a $440,000 home - followed by Victorians who would pay $79,800 on a $420,000 home, and Queenslanders who would pay $48,600 on a $405,000 home.
Former Backyard Blitz gardener Jody Rigby said real grass was winning over pavers, synthetic grass, decking and concrete. "It's the Australian way of life to grow up running around in the backyard, and it's not as hard as many think to keep a lawn looking beautiful and green, despite the kids' wear and tear," she said.
LJ Hooker chief Janusz Hooker said backyards were factored into buyer budgets. "Australians have changed their ideals for a backyard but a townhouse or larger suburban home with an area of grass is still important in 2012. For sellers, the key is to put some time into making the lawn look well-cared for and perfect for the new owners - that's how they'll capitalise on the added value of lawn."
It's not just homeowners who want a nice lawn. Commercial offices, hotels and even Parliament House in Canberra want one too - on the roof. "Studies show green roofs deliver a considerable temperature drop," Mr Holmes said. "People are starting to plant green roofs all around the country - it's not just better for the environment but is also reducing the amount of heat in these buildings. It will be a long time before every roof has grass on top but imagine if every office building had a lovely green area, it would be relaxing."
Story courtesy of Vikki Campion Urban Affairs Reporter, Daily Telegraph.